3-5 Days Without Power Is Devastating to Seasonal Businesses
Hey Governor Christie! Even though it makes you seem like a Democrat, I appreciate where you’re coming from with your Hurricane Irene Business Assistance.
Those $500K lines of credit while waiting for insurance proceeds will come in handy for many, but let’s be real, this is a subsidy to the insurance companies. Issue an executive order that the insurance companies must pay the interests on those loans and the claims will be paid faster.
If those banks we bailed out were lending, we wouldn’t need this program. I don’t expect you to fix that problem until you are President. Thanks for stepping in now.
By the way, Governor, your did a great job this weekend. You still are. The business assistance plan is needed, and it is wonderful that the Lt. Governor is out at the shore campaigning for people to come back for the rest of the season (rest of the week.)
BUT THEY WON’T COME BACK IF THERE IS NO POWER!
I know you have a lot on your plate. Did I mention that you’re doing a great job? I also know you’re talking to CEO’s of the public utilities companies, because you said so during one of your briefings before I lost power. When you’re talking to the CEO of First Energy, that guy in Ohio, tell him there are thousands of seasonal businesses and seasonal employees serviced by his JCP&L subsidiary that are counting on this week and this coming weekend for a large portion of there annual income.
In Highlands, the small town on the Shrewsbury River where I live, we have 23 restaurants and all of their employees who would rather be earning this week than applying for loans or unemployment benefits.
The lack of information coming from JCP&L to the public is unacceptable:
|Jersey Central Power & Light||JCP&L is continuing to experience power outages due to the effects of Hurricane Irene. We are assessing damage and anticipate that many of our Customers will be restored in the next several days. In areas with more extensive damage, restoration is expected to continue throughout the week. Please treat all downed wires and damaged electrical equipment as live and dangerous. If you have not already reported your electric service as being out, call 1-888-544-4877.Time Posted: Aug 29, 2011 9:27 AM|
That a lowly blogger can find out that JCP&L is telling OEM that we’ll be without power for 3-5 days before the main stream press knows is an indictment of both the press and the utility.
It seems to me that JCP&L’s response to outages has been wanting the last few years. I appreciate the magnitude of Irene, but I wonder if they’d be doing a better job if they weren’t owned by an Ohio company. Two business owners mentioned to me today how much better the service was before JCPL’s Belford location closed. We’d wonder about that less, and make less noise about it, if the lights go in the bayshore today.
3-5 days without power at this time of year is devastating to seasonal businesses and their employees. It’s like pulling the plug on the week before Christmas for Macy’s.
Governor, you got the Jets-Giants game switched to tonight, but no one will be watching the game at bars in Highlands.
I know you can influence that guy in Ohio’s priorities. Please do so. Monmouth County businesses need the lights on.